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COVID-19 Update: The EMCC campus is open for classes, appointments, and walk-in services. Masks are required for everyone inside ALL buildings at EMCC.  All student support services are still available online. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors for additional information.

Under 18 Admissions (formerly Special Admissions)

Students who are interested in getting a jump-start on college while still attending high school may do so through our Under 18 Admissions Process.

Admission to Estrella Mountain Community College may be granted to any person under the age of 18 who meets the established requirements for a course. Admission shall be considered only when the Under 18 Admissions process has been completed.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to meet ID authorization and lawful presence. Please see Maricopa Community Colleges' List of Acceptable Documents to Establish Lawful Presence for more information on acceptable documentation. Students admitted under the EMCC Under 18 Admissions are subject to all regular tuition, fees, and to all state and county residency regulations.

Under 18 Admissions students are:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Have not graduated from high school or obtained a GED*

* Students who have graduated from high school or obtained a GED are considered regular students regardless of age.

Under 18 Admissions for Early College Students (ACE, Hoop of learning, Dual Enrollment, or AAEC)

Students who are participating in an early college program such as ACE, Hoop of Learning, Dual Enrollment, or AAEC High School: please contact your program administrator BEFORE signing up for classes through the Early College Under 18 Admissions process. Payment will be different for you, so you must check with your program administrator first.

Dual, ACE, Hoop of Learning, or AAEC: Complete this Early College Under 18 Admissions Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Outreach and Early College office at 623-935-8900.

Process for CONTINUING Under 18 Admissions (Special Admissions) Students

Process for NEW Under 18 Admissions Students

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the Student Admission Application process, including Identification Authentication. This process will generate a Student ID and MEID numbers once complete.
  • Meet College Admissions:
    • High School Juniors and Seniors (must meet one of the options below):
      • At least a 2.6 GPA (cumulative unweighted). You will be asked to add your GPA and upload your unofficial high school transcript in the Under 18 Admissions Form.
      • Below a 2.6 GPA? No problem! Visit our Placement Testing page for instructions on how to complete the Reading EdReady placement exam.
      • Please see Maricopa Placement Guide for other placement options.
    • All other Under 18 students (must meet one of the options below):
  • Complete the Under 18 Admissions Form:

Course Placement Requirements for English, Math, and CRE (Reading) Courses

Turnaround time: Please allow 1-3 business days for initial processing after submitting your Under 18 Admissions Form. You will receive an email at your personal email (please check your spam/junk folders) and official Maricopa email (MEID) once the Under 18 Admissions form has been processed. You will then be able to enroll in classes online, over the phone or in person. Please remember to pay your tuition or verify that funding/scholarships are in place.

Don’t know what classes to register for and want to talk to your Field of Interest Advisor? Call 623-935-8888, option 4 or schedule an appointment online ( You will select the Canvas option and login with your MEID and password.

For any Under 18 Admissions questions, please email